mrFanel wrote:4 out of the 6 bolts that hold the latch no the top itself did not want to come out (22 year old loctite - surprise surprise) so I had to drill and tap... but 3 one of them snapped and is pretty much flush and stuck in the socket.
You need to use heat to break the bond of the loctite - big soldering gun, torch with a really fine tip, something like that.
Tried drilling it but the drill bit caught at an angle
Not surprising. You'd need to use a center punch first, then start with a fairly small bit and work your way up in size. I would be inclined to heat first, then use left hand drill bits to see if the screw backs out on its own. If you'd rather not acquire left hand bits, I'd probably punch and drill a couple sizes, then heat, then stuff a screwdriver or something into the hole (ez-outs are actually the correct tool here) and try to back it out.
However - it bothers me... and I may not be able to take it out at all. So - if I was to ever put the original latches back on, is it bad to secure it with only 2 out of the 3 bolts? For reference, the bolt that is stuck is the far right one on the right latch when inside the car.
I can't imagine Mazda would have used three fasteners if they didn't think it was necessary. Regardless of necessity, the hole is there and it would bother me to no end. I think you'll be able to get it out once you get some heat on it.